What is Christmas without Christ like? It doesn’t exist in my heart, it may exist in the secular world but not in my heart. Warning this post is most likely going to put me on the Santa Claus naughty list for a lifetime. To some of my readers I may sound like a Scrooge. Either that or I somehow have a vendetta against a jolly man in a red Suit. I assure you this is the furthest thing from the truth. However, As I begin to write this blog post. I am somewhat disappointed in the television programming airing this festive season. The holiday season is a time for families to come home for the holidays, even if some families have to travel for miles to see their loved ones. The holiday season is a time for family bonding and “you know what each family around the world has their own experiences and memories that even Hallmark can’t write…. “Sometime ago Iwatched a movie titled Christmas with a Capital C. It’s a movie created by Pureflix and it’s about celebrating the real reason for the season. It’s a movie that allows a family in Alaska to set up their faith-based Christmas decorations. Although the town faces opposition from an outsider that acts more like a scrooge then anything else. I can’t give too much away in the blog post so what I will do is I will post a link to the trailer of the film. I give all credit to Pureflix Entertainment.Christmas With A Capital C
It is the year 2016 and this holiday season I am disappointed and not because I’m unable to travel due to a lost passport. I’m disappointed in the holiday season programming.
I like a good comedy much like the next person. However the one thing I am most disappointed with is Michael Caine gets air time with the Muppets, The former governor of California gets air time in Jingle All the Way, even Bruce Willis gets air time with the movie Die Hard. Which is ridiculous! We are just hours away from the day of Christmas and still I have not seen the Nativity Story on television yet.
Jesus is the reason for the season. Without Christ in Christmas you can’t spell Christmas.
So let’s take a moment to talk about the babe born in the stable.
Luke 2:7-35King James Version (KJV)
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it’s filled with Holiday music, eggnog and in this Italian home even lasagna every now and then. I say that families around the world should start a new tradition. When their young children come to the age of understanding, families must teach their young ones about Christ. That is the first step the world and Christians alike can take together to put the Christ back in Christmas.